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- Plans To Close Petcoke Facilities Welcome News To South Deering Neighbors Bowing to pressure from the Emanuel administration, community activists and environmental groups, one of the two remaining storage facilities for petroleum coke shut down Tuesday -- and the last is on borrowed time.
- June's Record Rainfall Creating Bumper Crop Of Mosquitos This month has been the wettest June on record in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service, and Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement DistrictBiologist Paul Geery said all the rain has created a bumper crop of floodwater mosquitos, which...
- Supreme Court Ruling Allows Illinoisans To Keep Obamacare Subsidies More than 230,000 Illinois residents could have lost the tax credits that help them pay for coverage if the court had ruled the other way. In Illinois, the average monthly subsidy is $211. Without tax credits, consumers would have seen their premiums...
- Parents Who Lost Son To Drowning Helping Teach Other Kids Pool Safety The program is a partnership with Connecticut-based ZAC Foundation, an organization Karen and Brian Cohn started after the death of their 6-year-old son Zachary, who became trapped underwater when his arm got stuck in a pool drain.
- Meningitis Fears Intensify As Pride Fest Gets Underway The current outbreak involves a dangerous bacterial infection known as invasive meningococcal disease. While it has so far affected mostly African Americans, all men who are intimate with other men are urged to get vaccinated.
- City Offers Vaccine As Number Of Meningitis Cases Grows The Chicago health department now says a meningitis outbreak is growing, and the city is expanding its recommendations for who should be vaccinated.
- Shop With Reusable Bags? Researchers Have Your Number A Harvard study came up with some interesting conclusions about what shoppers may be more likely to buy when they're saving the environment. CBS 2's Mary Kay Kleist reports.
- Jeni's Shutters Ice Cream Shops Again After Listeria Is Detected There is no timetable for resuming production, Lowe said. Jeni's is temporarily closing its 21 retail shops because there isn't enough ice cream to keep them stocked.
- IU Scientist Looking For Better Way To Kill Mosquitos Inside a lab at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Molly Duman-Scheel has been killing mosquitoes by the thousands.
- Housecalls And Virtual Doctor's Visits: Two New Medical Trends There are new ways to see the doctor without ever leaving home. CBS 2’s Erin Kennedy reports.
- Eyeglass Program For Chicago School Kids Hits Major Milestone Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged $5 million for 100,000 eye exams for CPS students. Part of the money comes from raising the city cigarette tax.
- Expert: Save The Bees (And Our Food), Buy Plants Without Neonicotinoids If you have a yard or a garden, you might want to ask some questions next time you're buying flowers or seedlings at a nursery or anywhere plants are sold.
- Medical Marijuana Supporters Host Patient Education Event Patient numbers have been low so far in the Illinois medical marijuana program. A daylong event planned Saturday in Chicago aims to answer questions for patients who've been on the fence.
- Safety Group Charts Odds Of Dying To Promote Better Choices Safety experts have published a list of things most likely to kill you as part of National Safety Month. The National Safety Council said knowing the odds of dying can empower people to make better choices.
- West Nile Virus Detected In Illinois The virus was found in Southern Illinois, but it's only a matter of time before it shows up in the Chicago area, health officials say.